Post Office van theft accused appears in court

Royal Mail mail van. Pic: Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption James Pearson is accused of stealing from a Royal Mail van

A man accused of stealing a Post Office van full of Christmas presents has appeared in court.

James Pearson, 47, of Mullion Cove, Cornwall, is accused of committing the theft while armed with a knife.

Mr Pearson was also charged with driving without insurance or a licence, assaulting a police officer, blackmail and possessing a blade.

He made no plea at Bodmin Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Truro Crown Court in January.

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